|Doctors at Ha Noi Obstetrics and Gynaecology Hospital examine a patient. — Illustrative image
HA NOI (VNS) — All medical personnel who were exposed to HIV during an emergency surgery have tested negative for the virus, the Ha Noi Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Centre said.
Earlier, in an interview with journalists on the issue, Director of the Ha Noi Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Centre Le Nhan Tuan said the possibility of infection was very low because the doctors and health workers had followed the regulations on contact with and treatment of patients.
They have been examined and are being treated under a plan for people who get exposed to HIV.
Nineteen medics from the Ha Noi Obstetrics and Gynaecology Hospital, comprising 18 doctors, nurses and an apprentice, were confirmed as having been exposed to HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) after they performed an emergency surgery on a woman on July 4. Three of them are pregnant.
The incident occurred when a patient was transferred from the northern Quang Ninh Province to the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Hospital in an unconscious state and was bleeding from her vagina.
The doctors decided to remove her womb, which had necrotised or had suffered cell death, to save her. In their rush to operate on her, the medics did not put on protective gear, including special clothes and eyewear. Her family had not revealed before the operation that she was HIV-positive.
After the operation, the medical staff came to know that she was HIV positive through her blood tests. — VNS